Epistles of Thomas

April 13, 2009

Deuteronomy 22-24

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 22:04
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These chapters contain various laws governing such things as the care of others’ property, sex outside marriage, the camp latrine, and eating grapes in your neighbour’s vineyard. The most famous injunction in this section concerns the allowance for divorce at the beginning of chapter 24. This subject was brought before Jesus and he declared that Moses had permitted divorce because of the people’s stubbornness, not because God approved of it. Jesus went back to the creation account and affirmed that God intended marriage to last for a lifetime.

The end of chapter 24 includes instructions to leave some of the crop for the less fortunate: “When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands” (24:19). It was these laws about gleaning that allowed Ruth to harvest the leftovers from Boaz’s field and which demonstrated his observance of the law which led to her requesting that he fulfil the role of kinsman redeemer by marrying her.

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